“What content management system do you use, Anne?”
I was asked this question by Mary Miller, Handshake client and founder of IDD which, after 19 years in business as experts in website development, has produced iCMS, a website content management system.
“TypePad,” I answered.
Although TypePad is not technically a content management system, that’s what we use it for anyway. Our online enterprises are TypePad blogs with TypePad templates. Handshake 2.0 is the exception with its custom design on a TypePad frame.
I developed websites using Microsoft FrontPage in the 90s and continue to miss designing sites in one “part” of the software and organizing files in another. TypePad does allow users to create static pages so blogs can be all-in-one with websites. The pages can’t be organized in folders, however, and without a tab on the dashboard, even reaching the pages is a two-click process. Thus, my website file management system consists of scanning the list of pages, or using the page search with keywords, hoping the results will include the page I need to edit. Blogs, rather than websites, are TypePad’s priority. That’s okay. TypePad promises “great blogs” and that’s definitely what they deliver. I have over 20. I’m not known for pushing limits, not I. I wouldn’t try to make a blog management system into a content management system, oh no.
Born two years ago, Handshake 2.0 has over 1000 blog posts and almost 70 website pages.
When Mary Miller described the content management features of iCMS, I will admit I began to feel longing, particularly when she spoke of an iCMS site having different sections that could have multiple users with different levels of permission to edit and publish. Sections! That sounds like "parts"! Ahh…
But don’t even try to tell me those are common CMS features. Look at this list of content management systems. I’ve seen demos. Too much management, not enough content creation. I’ll keep my TypePad, thank you very much.
Mary Miller has offered to demo iCMS for me. She says in one hour I would be ready to go. Creating content. Hmm. I like this iCMS ad. That’s a real testimonial and that’s a real iCMS site in the image.
Change? As you can see in the accompanying image, my legacy content management system works just fine.
iCMS is a content management system from IDD, Inc., a full-service IT firm specializing in website development, custom software solutions, education and training. You're invited to like iCMS on Facebook.
IDD, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Inc., the parent company of Handshake 2.0.